Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 16, 2006

WORLD

Sharon central in elections

In the two weeks remaining before Israeli elections, the central figure in the campaign does not speak or appear in person on any stage. Ariel Sharon, founder of the front-running Kadima Party, remains unconscious in a Jerusalem hospital. pg 1a

Hussein urges resistance to U.S.

Saddam Hussein took the witness stand at his trial for the first time and openly incited insurgents to continue resisting the U.S. military presence in Iraq, prompting the chief judge to close the session to journalists and the public. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Probe opened on city contract

The state prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the Baltimore City Council's computer services contract. pg 1a

TODAY

Cramming for spring break

It's crunch time as college students cram in exercise and diet to hit the beach on spring break. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 58.43

11,209.77

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 15.94

2,311.84

S&P -- UP

+ 5.54

1,303.02

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 2.01

346.55

Sale of Dubai U.S. port interests

Dubai Ports World said yesterday that it has received significant interest in its U.S. port operations, and it expects to sell them over the next four to six months to an American company. pg 1d

Wyndham to become Sheraton

The 707-room Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor will take on the Sheraton flag by year end and become known as the Sheraton City Center, after a face lift that will include room renovations and improvements to public space. pg 1d

NATIONAL

Rules not set at Abu Ghraib

The former head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq acknowledged in court that he failed to set clear rules for interrogation of detainees and once authorized the use of dogs in questioning a suspect without getting approval. pg 4a

27 indicted in child-porn ring

Twenty-seven people in the United States, Canada, Australia and Britain have been indicted on charges of using an Internet chat room to traffic in thousands of images of child pornography, federal authorities said. pg 7a

SPORTS

Anthony joins IRL team

Baltimore native and Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony said he will be a co-owner of the Hemelgarn team in the Indy Racing League. It is an effort by Anthony to diversify his image and an attempt by the series to reach out to younger fans. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This cathedral deserves to be preserved, protected and, yes, showcased ... as a symbol of our right to worship without fear of persecution or attack."

Michael J. Ruck Sr., chairman of the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust Article, PG 1b

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